PhD Project; Mof Derived Carbon Nanofiber Structures for Electrocatalytic Conversion of Co2

A new PhD position in sustainable development is available at Technical University of Denmark. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 3 years in Denmark. Candidates are welcome before April 26, 2020.

The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage invites applicants for a PhD position on carbon capture and utilization (CCU).

At DTU Energy we carry out R&D in sustainable energy conversion technologies for the future energy system. We are among the world's leaders in research and development of solid oxide fuel cells, polymer fuel cells, electrolysis cells and in gas separation technologies. We have excellent facilities and competences for fabrication, testing and characterization of such devices. DTU Energy has around 200 employees. We recently got support for an alliance research project dealing with new concepts for the electrocatalytic reduction of CO into sustainable liquid fuels. The overall aim of the project is to design and fabricate an electrocatalyst structure for the reduction of CO . The core technology is a Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) in a carbon nanofiber architecture, which will be used as an electrocatalyst in a PEM based electrochemical flow reactor for the conversion of CO to methanol.

Such technologies, enabling capture and conversion of CO to fuels with the help of excess electricity from sustainable sources (solar, wind), need to be developed urgently with a view to our climate policy targets. Sustainable and CO neutral fuels will contribute to the reduction of CO greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for global warming.

The PhD project is announced in an alliance with Technion, which is a leading research institution in Israel and a strategic alliance partner of DTU. This means that you will have a co-supervisor there as well as a partner Phd working at Technion. The project will thus naturally include travel to and a stay there.

The knowledge generated in the project on materials and component development will be directly relevant also for adsorption based gas separation and storage, flow batteries and low temperature electrolysis. The production of liquid fuels from carbon dioxide is expected to become a key technology in transforming our energy system to a fossil free one, due to its pivotal role in enabling the capture of CO and providing a route to directly convert it into sustainable fuels for energy storage and transportation.

Responsibilities and tasks You will work on developing a fabrication process for structuring a gas diffusion electrode for an electrochemical flow reactor to improve the efficiency, selectivity and stability for the reduction of CO into methanol. A new electrode design with an electrocatalyst based on carbon nanofiber architectures will be targeted. Besides working on the design of MOF and MOF derived electrocatalyst structures in a fibrous carbon felt, you will characterize new electrocatalyst materials (e.g. MOFs, carbon nanofibers and MOF derived carbons) and perform electrochemical performance tests on gas diffusion electrodes. Finally, you will, together with other members of the project team, design and set-up a full electrochemical flow cell, in which the gas diffusion electrode is combined with suitable proton exchange membranes (e.g. PEM). Hence, the activities will focus on the development and basic characterization of new electrocatalysts for gas diffusion electrodes but will include the integration of these materials into a full functional electrochemical cell. You will be a member of the Solid State Chemistry section counting ca. 20 members, and you will work together also with members of the section for Electrochemistry and with two internationally leading groups in Israel and Spain (Technion and the University of Cantabria).

Qualifications Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.A Master’s degree inchemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics or similar is required. The candidate is expected to start no later than October 2020. In addition, we look for applicants with: Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programe, please see the . Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Andreas Kaiser, Professor Johan Hjelm and Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen. We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. Salary and appointment terms The employment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. You can read more about . Further information Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Andreas Kaiser (akai@dtu. dk) You can read more about DTU Energy onhttps://www. energy. dtu. dk/english Application Please submit your online application no later than26 April 2019 (23:59 local time). Applications must be submitted asone PDF filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attachall your materials in English in one PDF file.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian rsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.


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